‘Us’ At the Box Office: How Jordan Peele’s Film Stacks Up Against Other Horror Movies
Us, the second film from director Jordan Peele, is finally here. Given the success of Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, it’s not shocking that the horror film is having an incredible early run, but some are still surprised just how well it is faring in its opening weekend. Here are the box office numbers, how it compares to Get Out’s debut, and how it stacks up against other horror flicks.
What is Us about?
The highly anticipated film, starring Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Winston Duke (Black Panther), premiered at SXSW just a few weeks ago. It received immediate critical praise, quickly earning a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score and outstanding reviews.
Like Get Out, it’s probably best not to know too much before going in. Us is about a family of four who, while vacationing, discover that they each have a doppelganger; that is, someone with their same face, on the property. And they may not be what they seem.
Us is shattering box office records left and right
Not only is Us being praised by critics, but audiences are going out en masse to see it. From the film’s opening on March 22, 2019, throughout its opening weekend, it has amassed over $70 million nationwide. With this number, it topped all over the films out this weekend, naturally, but also broke box office records for horror films and live-action films in general, nearly matching Avatar’s $77 million opening weekend in 2009.
How does Us compare to Get Out?
It’s natural to compare Us to Get Out: Both are written and directed by Jordan Peele, as well as produced by Jason Blum (of Blumhouse Productions) and Sean McKittrick (of QC Entertainment). Obviously, both fall into the genre of horror. But from an outside perspective, that’s where the similarities end.
In terms of box office numbers, Us has beat Get Out’s opening weekend of $33 million, and will likely go on to top its $176 million domestic and $255 million international figures as well. However, there’s one big difference here: Get Out was made with a budget of just $4.5 million, given Peele’s status as a new director. For Us, this was more than quadrupled, and Peele was able to work with a $20 million budget.
Other horror films opening weekend in comparison
Though Get Out’s return on dividends is hard to top, Us has plenty of competition in the horror category for meeting other benchmarks. Us had the third best horror opening time, behind 2017’s It and 2018’s Halloween. When it comes to R-rated horror films specifically, Get Out sits at third in lifetime gross, behind It and the original Exorcist, which is another record Us could soon shatter.
It is definitely Us’ greatest box office competition. The movie is the highest gross horror films of all time, and while Us will easily pass others with original scripts, it may not reach the level of It (which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name). It also has a sequel in the works, which could end up breaking Us’ records. Regardless, this is a unique horror film with an original script and premise, making its success even more notable and proving that audiences still love a good scare.